We are extremely excited to introduce you to William Prince’s sophomore album, Reliever, today.

Leading up to its release, William Prince appeared on CBS Saturday Morning and made his debut US television appearance performing “The Spark” and “Always Have What We Had,” along with breakout song “Breathless” for an audience of millions. Click the image below to watch the Saturday Session.

William has also launched a podcast called Sunday Verse, a new audio series and companion to Reliever. Throughout Sunday Verse, William Prince will share the stories behind his new songs as well as other observations and experiences. Recorded in Winnipeg at The Song Shop where Prince recorded many songs from Reliever, Sunday Verse is produced by Julie Penner (The Vinyl Café). In the first episode, Prince shares why Sunday is, for him, a time for contemplation. Sunday Verse will roll out on Sundays throughout the coming months. The first episode is available here.

In touring news, William has announced shows in London, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and Hamilton. Tickets are on sale now. William has also joined the fabulous Katie Pruitt’s USA tour starting in Denver in April.


GUELPH, ON: River Run Centre (CBC q Live in Guelph), Feb 7
TAMWORTH, ON: Abbott Hall, Feb 8
WINNIPEG, MB: WECC, Feb 14, 15, 16 (matinee)
HAMBURG, DE: Goldener Salon, Mar 23
BERLIN, DE: Privatclub, Mar 24
DRESDEN, DE: Ostpal, Mar 26
BRISTOL, UK: Rough Trade Bristol, Mar 29
LONDON, UK: Omeara, Mar 30
MANCHESTER, UK: Castle Hotel, Mar 31
GLASGOW, UK: SWG3 Poetry Club, Apr 1
DUBLIN, IE: Whelan’s, Apr 2
DENVER, CO: Globe Hall, Apr 5*
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Turf Club, Apr 7*
KANSAS CITY, MO: Riot Room, Apr 8*
ST. LUIS, MO: Blueberry Hill, Apr 9*
EVANSTON, IL: Space, Apr 10*
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Lounge, Apr 15*
BOSTON, MA: Café 939, Apr 17*
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Milkboy, Apr 18*
CARRBORO, NC: Cat’s Cradle Back Room, Apr 21*
ATLANTA, GA: Eddie’s Attic, Apr 22*
ORILLIA, ON: Roots North Festival, Apr 24
NEW ORLEANS, LA: City Park, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Apr 26
LONDON, ON: The Aeolian, Apr 28
TORONTO, ON: Paradise Theatre, Apr 29
KINGSTON, ON: Sydenham St. Church, May 1
HAMILTON, ON: Mills Hardware, May 2
*w/ Katie Pruitt




Six Shooter Records embraces its 20th anniversary, two decades of guts and grit, vision and action, as an opportunity to celebrate the past and contribute to the future. With a full slate of programming, events and news rolling out in the coming months, the 20th anniversary events reflect a label that has followed its heart, embraced challenges and propelled change to become a leader in the independent music scene.



For its first act of this milestone year, Six Shooter announces a new mentorship program, Know & Tell, where the label opens its doors to emerging artists and industry looking to connect. Free of charge and welcoming to all, Know & Tell is an opportunity for ideas and expertise to flow.

With Know & Tell, Six Shooter will offer 45-minutes appointments available either in person or via video conference. To make an appointment, applicants are invited to fill out an online form to be matched with a resident expert from the label’s 17-person team.

The mandate for this program is intended for general advice, useful consultation, and encouragement.

Sign up here.



Six Shooter has unveiled a special 20th anniversary logo, designed by the label’s Artist in Residence Lyle Bell (The Wet Secrets). The original girl on a horse logo, which will return in 2021, was created by Ty Semaka (Plaid Tongued Devils).

The label’s first motto, “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music,” which has graced the back of thousands of t-shirts spotted around the world, is also now officially retired. The new motto, “I Can Live Forever,” is a reflection of Six Shooter’s belief in the transformative power of art. The motto comes from the song “I Can Swing A Hammer,” a dance rock pep talk by The Wet Secrets. Check Six Shooter’s social media accounts (#SixShooter2020 and #ICanLiveForever) for in-depth stories and historical notes for every album in its genre-spanning catalogue throughout the year.



The label congratulates all of its 2020 JUNO nominees, including Tanya Tagaq, who is nominated for Toothsayer, an experimental arctic soundscape, The Dead South for their Billboard chart-topping bluegrass album Sugar & Joy and Whitehorse for The Northern South Vol. 2 (the duo’s fifth consecutive JUNO nomination in 4 different categories).

This year’s nominees also include first time nominee Riit for ataataga, an electro pop album in Inuktitut, and the creative team behind the Ensign Broderick’s epic and artful BloodCrush/BloodMyth album package (Kris Knight, Jason Sniderman, Chris Peters, James Mejia, Stefanie Schneider).


Just as an established band cannot be on the road without a tour manager, the same goes for a 16-member label crew putting out records: we need a strong administrative leader. After putting out the call, we are thrilled that Zara Abbasi answered it.

“Having just completed my second week at Six Shooter, I am overwhelmed with feelings of positivity, support and general kick-assery all around me,” she said from SSR HQ. “I am beyond thrilled to be part of this powerhouse organization and can’t wait to sink my administrative teeth into it!”

Connecting our entire team and improving company efficiency, Zara will be flexing her totally awesome skillset at our label, management company, and our publishing division. She’s gonna help us kick more major rawhide this year. Yee haw!

Welcome, Zara. We are over the moon to have you as part of our team.



Henry Wagons had been traveling for nearly a day by the time he folded up his tray table over London, UK and made his way to a haunted house to meet his first guest vocalist. Two days before boarding his flight in hometown Melbourne, AUS, Henry called his manager to share the good news: he’d just convinced The Kills/Dead Weather’s lead vocalist Alison Mosshart to record a duet with him for his first solo album, ‘Expecting Company?’ And he’d have one weekend to pull it off, one handed.

“For most of the recording, my left hand was all slashed up,” Henry Wagons tells us by email, sent from another airport. A light bulb had blown up in his hand as he was changing it. Even with only one hand, Henry was able to write and record all the musical arrangements of the songs by himself at home. After a very solitary stretch, and “to soften the blow of putting out my first ever solo album I needed some friends around me.”

“I’ve always been a fan of big, overblown country duets…Lee and Nancy, Kenny and Dolly…and I was in the mood to write something along those lines, in my own way,” Henry reflects. “I picked a bunch of my friends I’d always wanted to sing with, and…I spent the money I was given to make the record to fly around to the homes of people I wanted to collaborate with and record the vocals in their space. I recorded a vocal take with Alison Mosshart in the very haunted house the song (“Unwelcome Company”) was written about in East London. I got to hang with Robert Forest (Go-Betweens) in his treehouse-like office in his backyard in Brisbane (for “”I Still Can’t Find Her”).” Henry also recorded with then-labelmate Jenn Grant, “…still the velvetiest voice I have ever worked with!” plus The Grates’ Patience Hodgson and musician Sophia Brous.

The first notes roll in like the a Death Valley sunset and could soundtrack the opening titles of a long lost Midnight Western. The gauzy guitars, timpani booms and eerily theatrical violins create a visual sonicscape helmed by Wagons’ trembling, emotive baritone, a timeless, sturdy base for the his vocal partners.

It’s hard to believe we released this cinematic record seven years ago TODAY.  Happy Albumnaversary! You know what they say, “Time flies like a musician mid-air.”

If you’re riding solo or going with friends, get into the exceptional, Expecting Company? right here.

RIYL: Orville Peck, The Dead South, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Colter Wall


Hitting with voluminous ferocity, the building breathing and beats of Riit’s #uvangattauq gets reimagined in this new remix from Toronto’s psych-electro-rock trio DOOMSQUAD.

The original track is inspired by the #MeToo movement (‘uvangattauq’ means ‘me too’ in Inuktitut), and features Riit’s labelmate Zaki Ibrahim over a thriving beat, the sounds of knives being sharpened to foreshadow the lyrical cuts to follow.

On this remix, DOOMSQUAD play with both Riit’s vocals, sung in Inuktitut and Zaki’s English refrain, layering the two, pulsing and twisting them as though averting glares and snares. A thoroughly danceable track.

Check out the new song here.


“A pinpoint moment of letting go. The revelation.”

In the lead up to William Prince’s upcoming second album, Reliever, “Always Have What We Had” is a song about moving on from the past and moving forward.

“If you’re in a place where you’re struggling to let go of something causing you pain, this song is for you. This song allowed me my greatest peace and lead me to the greatest love I’ve ever known,” Prince wrote in an Instagram post January 6, 2020.

You can watch a special live performance of the song, filmed in Nashville in 2019 with a full band, by clicking the image below: 

Download and stream the song right here.

Reliever arrives February 7, 2020.


There will be 1071 pairs of fresh warm winter socks out to those in need of them this holiday – and that’s only in Toronto. Y’all have melted our hearts with the warmth and kindness in your own.

A huge Thank You to all who donated to our Jon Box Sox Drive and to those of you who helped collect and organize, including the very awesome Kristyn Box McCoy (Jon’s sister) and her husband Dan. The count includes collected socks from donation points at Soundscapes in Toronto and Grooves Records in London, ON.

On Friday, December 20, Six Shooter staffers in Toronto delivered socks to Sistering West Neighbourhood House, Haven Toronto Shelter, Evangeline House and Red Door Family Shelter, where the donation were made in Jon Box’s name.

We still have more fancy footwork to come. We are awaiting counts from our friends and donation points across the country at Red Cat Records in Vancouver, both Blackbyrd Myoozik in Edmonton and Calgary, X-Ray Records in Regina and Taz Records in Halifax, so stay tuned for further Jon Box Sox updates arriving post-holidays.

It feels good to give.




“Ragged and righteous Canadian bluegrass.” – NPR Music

The Dead South share the first new live single from their Nashville’s OurVinyl TV session. “Black Lung,” a song from new album Sugar & Joy that puts grit and stomp on a story about workers exploitation – ostensibly about coal mining, but certainly more universally applicable – features multiple lead vocalists and a sinister, nowhere-to-run undercurrent. In OurVinyl’s treatment, the song is set in a rubbled corner of Nashville’s mostly flashy Germantown, with the focus solely on the performance. OurVinyl made their name with highly watchable live sessions that have included Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and more.

Sugar & Joy, The Dead South’s third album, was released in October and praised across the board as their most accomplished work yet. Produced by Jimmy Nutt, the album showcased their imaginative approach to progressive bluegrass. Sugar & Joy recently landed at #7 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Year End Chart (the only Canadian band in the mix), an admirable achievement for a band that has traveled a circuitous path from Regina, Saskatchewan, to Germany where they signed their first record deal, back to North America, where they now call Toronto indie label Six Shooter Records home.

Recently nominated for AmericanaUK’s International Artist of the Year, The Dead South have fully embraced their situation of being outsiders in the traditional folk world, where they hang their musical hats, and in their own country, where they don’t hang their hats that often, as they are constantly touring. As noted in a review of their pre-Thanksgiving show at LA’s Belasco Theatre, The Dead South’s approach is “carving out its own lane that lends new life to the genre precisely by remaining comfortably adjacent to it.”

The Dead South’s SERVED COLD TOUR, which will see sold out shows in more than 20 countries, picks up again in the USA in January. Mark The Dead South’s upcoming Paste Studio Live on January 9, 2020 here.


“The Spark” reaches #1 on CBC Music’s Top 20.

“There are few singer-songwriters who can recognize both the heartbreak and healing found in regular, everyday moments the way that William Prince can.” – CBC Music

“A gently-rolling ballad that recalls David Gray and Kris Kristofferson.” – Rolling Stone



William Prince returned to Canada from a European tour with recent Grammy nominee Yola to find his new song “The Spark” atop CBC Music’s Top 20 and on Rolling Stone’s list of “10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now.” In “The Spark,” a song years in the making, Prince explores the lessons of fire as love, from its warmth and light to the dangers of an untended blaze. “There’s a delicate potency to the video and its connection to the song’s message of losing hope then finding that spark in someone,” writes American Songwriter, “all wrapped in Prince’s lush vocals.”


Directed by Christopher Smets and filmed north of Toronto, the official video for “The Spark” adds new dimensions to the song’s meaning, with two very different types of intimacy interwoven. The isolated setting, a lone cabin in a field, is a reminder that the creative process can be a solitary experience. Young lovers show that all-consuming blaze of attraction and intensity. A third type of intimacy reaches outward, from Prince to the public, as he shares his own journey from discomfort to acceptance in the experience of filming: “We can be so hard on our perceived imperfections,” Prince writes. “I can’t and won’t let my hang-ups stop me from shining.” Read the full post here.


“The Spark,” produced by Dave Cobb, is the first single from William Prince’s forthcoming album Reliever. Reliever will be available on February 7, 2020 via Six Shooter Records in Canada.



OTTAWA, ON: NAC, Dec 20 w/ Matt Andersen
ROCHESTER, NY: Good Luck, Jan 13
NEW YORK, NY: Joe’s Pub, Jan 15
TAMWORTH, ON: Abbott Hall, Feb 8
WINNIPEG, MB: West End Cultural Centre, Feb 14 + 15



Created by music fans and for music fans, Interstellar Rodeo was a one-of-a-kind festival built from scratch in Winnipeg and Edmonton. Festival founders, Six Shooter Records owners and artist managers Shauna de Cartier and Helen Britton, dreamed big and drilled down into the tiniest details to design an experience worthy of both artists and audiences. The mission: to offer a premium, relaxed, respectful and fun experience from start to finish. Also, the wine needed to be good.From 2012-2019, Interstellar Rodeo presented a dizzying range of sound and stories, all united under the sails by a common thread of artistic excellence. From Beck to Rhiannon Giddens, Wilco to Whitehorse, Tanya Tagaq to St. Vincent to Sharon Van Etten to Sheila E., Interstellar Rodeo’s commitment to showcasing musical greatness in all its many forms created an experience that immediately struck a chord with fans, particularly for the festival’s element of discovery. Interstellar Rodeo brought dozens of artists to both locales for the first time, a selling point for adventurous and appreciative music lovers. Interstellar was proud to present artists such as Alabama Shakes, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty, Adia Victoria, and Perfume Genius for their Edmonton or Winnipeg debuts.

From 2012-2019, Interstellar Rodeo presented a dizzying range of sound and stories, all united under the sails by a common thread of artistic excellence. From Beck to Rhiannon Giddens, Wilco to Whitehorse, Tanya Tagaq to St. Vincent to Sharon Van Etten to Sheila E., Interstellar Rodeo’s commitment to showcasing musical greatness in all its many forms created an experience that immediately struck a chord with fans, particularly for the festival’s element of discovery. Interstellar Rodeo brought dozens of artists to both locales for the first time, a selling point for adventurous and appreciative music lovers. Interstellar was proud to present artists such as Alabama Shakes, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett, Father John Misty, Adia Victoria, and Perfume Genius for their Edmonton or Winnipeg debuts.

From the first edition in 2012, Interstellar Rodeo’s lineup was built on parity and representative of many voices and communities. Interstellar became a model of art-forward, inclusive programming. With the introduction of side stages to showcase community dance groups and spoken word artists to a strong contingent of artists from northern territories including Yukon and Nunavut, Interstellar Rodeo welcomed and celebrated artists from all over the country and all over the world. This approach to music curation in Interstellar Rodeo’s culture and mandate embodied the core values of Six Shooter’s spirit and ethos. An emphasis on quality of experience drove Interstellar’s philosophy from top to bottom. On the ground, Interstellar Rodeo’s Here To Help team and Code of Care put its mission to create a welcoming and positive environment into action. As its roots grew deeper, Interstellar Rodeo shone the spotlight on community creators and activists through programming and outreach.

Along the way, the festival team learned many lessons, made many friends, and ultimately created a community of people committed to building the festival together. Interstellar Rodeo proudly and fiercely embraced the challenges, roadblocks and surprises that came along the way, a reflection of the grit, determination and enthusiasm of its producers. From Corb Lund Day, by city decree, to opening Interstellar Rodeo 2019 with Jesse Jamz and the Flams, a hometown artist who was rained out the year before, Interstellar Rodeo did everything it could to make sure everyone – from headliners to brand new performers, from those who never missed a year to those who came to see just one artist – felt valued.

No Interstellar Rodeo was like the other, but all Interstellar Rodeos were these things.

Thank you to our volunteers, our sponsors, supporters and partners, our families, the artists, their agents and managers, and most of all, the fans in Edmonton and Winnipeg for making this a truly memorable experience each and every time.







For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with a single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic.


Prince’s influences and references, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape Reliever into a collection that approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. At the edge of the ocean, between father and son, from stranger to lover, the album flows through the places and moments where real connections and healing happen. With the transformational power of letting go in songs such as “Always Have What We Had” and “Leave It by the Sea” to the all-consuming blaze of love in “The Spark,” Reliever finds many paths to the heart.


The complicated emotions that charge idealisms and realities of fatherhood are a central theme throughout Reliever. “I want to live to the second last day that my children do, selfishly so I can see them through” Prince sings on “That’s All I’ll Ever Become,” a sentiment of seismic love and dedication. “Wasted,” another album standout, echoes this purest unconditional love inwardly, to the child who is told he is loved no matter which path he chooses, and outwardly, to the listener, who is gently – and directly – spurred not to take this shuffle for granted.


To make Reliever, Prince reconvened with producers Dave Cobb in Nashville and Scott Nolan in Winnipeg, the team behind his JUNO Award winning debut and subsequent Glassnote Records reissue, Earthly Days. With the song “Breathless,” which found audiences worldwide and reached the B List at BBC’s Radio 2, Earthly Days introduced Prince’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. Prince’s trajectory from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, to opening for Neil Young, has seen the relative newcomer find esteem and career-changing opportunity wherever he performs.


Reliever will be released in Canada via Six Shooter Records on February 7, 2020.


The Spark
Always Have What We Had
Old Souls
That’s All I’ll Ever Become
Leave It by the Sea
The Gun
Heaven and Hell
Great Wide Open



CANMORE, AB: Communitea Café, Nov 8
HIGH RIVER, AB: High River Masonic Hall, Nov 9
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Geomatic Attic, Nov 10
BERLIN: Music & Peace, Nov 16*
HAMBURG: Hakken, Nov 17*
MILAN: Santeria Toscana 31, Nov 22*
PARIS: Cafe de la Danse, Nov 18*
GLASGOW: Oran Mor, Nov 30*
DUBLIN: Olympia Theatre, Dec 1*
MANCHESTER: Gorilla, Dec 3*
LONDON: Islington Assembly Hall, Dec 4*
*w/ Yola

Job Opportunity: Administrative Leader (Full-Time)

Job Opportunity: Administrative Leader (Full-Time)

Established in 2000 in Toronto, Six Shooter Records is a full-service music company with a diverse roster that includes artists in the genres of Americana, country, rock, and avant-garde. In addition to being a label and a publisher, the company also provides artist management services. Since its inception, Six Shooter has released over 120 albums. Our artists have been consistently recognized in national award programs, including the JUNO Awards, Polaris Music Prize, SOCAN Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and others.

Ours is a fast-paced, friendly environment with an enterprising culture. We seek an administrative superstar that loves to improve administrative systems, who will be key to connecting our entire team and improving company efficiency. This position will provide administrative support to both the record label, management company, and publishing division. Responsibilities will be as follows:


Administrative – Label & Management Company

  • For all releases, take charge of all label related royalty collection registrations. This includes SoundExchange, CONNECT/Re:Sound. Communicate with artists’ teams to make sure they are completing registrations on the artist side as well. Create a master reference document that shows when registrations are completed – report to VP Finance as registrations are completed.
  • Mechanicals – complete an internal audit of all current deals and history of mechanicals paid. Identify and correct any issues. Work with Director of Operations and VP Finance to develop, implement, and maintain a system to streamline the mechanical licensing and payment process going forward.
  • Diarize all album deal renewal dates, trigger reviews of these deals with label President in a timely manner to initiate renewal or termination processes. Communicate applicable information to VP Finance for album reporting, and VP International Business Development for business affairs purposes.
  • Acting as the main point of contact with our IT support company.
  • Acting as the main point of contact with our health benefits provider.
  • Assisting with accounts payable e.g. paying approved invoices, preparing cheques for approval, overseeing accounts with auto payment (downloading receipts etc).
  • Scanning receipts and related filing (physical and digital)
  • Completing all bank deposits for the company in a timely manner, including documenting/scanning all applicable related information
  • For select management clients, complete occasional bank deposits and communicating/documenting the related information to their bookkeeper.
  • Assisting with grant completions for both the label and our management clients as requested. Including but not limited to proofing material and organizing expense documentation.


Administrative – Publishing

  • Song catalogue updating and registrations (SOCAN, CMRRA, Sound Exchange)
  • Metadata spreadsheet management in collaboration with Director of Operations.
  • Updating song database with audio, artwork, lyrics, metadata & tagging (in Disco)
  • Retrieving instrumentals/stems, etc.
  • Retrieving/uploading videos of synchs into synch database
  • Tracking synch requests, synch licenses and invoices


Human Resources

  • Expand Employee Handbook to include general company resources – ex: how our internal Dropbox system works, workflow chain of command etc.
  • Work with Label Executives to develop new company policies as needed. This includes identifying areas where official policies may be lacking and proposing them.
  • Updating and circulating Employee Handbook as changes are made to legislation, or to internal company policies. Making sure changes are clearly communicated to staff and answering any related questions.
  • Work with our third-party human resources consultant as needed.
  • Coordinate all paperwork for new hires (send employment offers, confidentiality agreements etc), file signed copies. Communicate related financial information to VP Finance
  • Develop internal resource – Six Shooter Job Descriptions Handbook. This will involve working with all employees to create a resource for each position that outlines everything they do and the systems used to do it. Transfer individual knowledge into institutional knowledge available to entire company via this resource. Ensure it stays updated.
  • Track all employee vacation days and sick days. Be in communication with company President and VP about these as needed.



  • Experience contributing to and organizing administrative and/or HR related systems.
  • Experience with QuickBooks or similar accounting software.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel in particular – experience managing and tracking data ideal), Google Drive, Dropbox, Slack.
  • Self-starter who brings a diverse perspective, with excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.


Nice to haves:

  • Education related to business management, the music business or other relevant field.
  • Experience in the Canadian music industry, specifically at a rights management organization, publishing company or PRO for 1-2 years
  • Experience as an executive assistant or in a film/TV production office


Job Specs:

Position: Administrative Leader

Reporting to: VP Finance as well as Director of Licensing

Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Salary: This is a mid-level position, salary to be determined commensurate with experience

Application deadline: Monday, November 11, 2019

Start date: Monday, November 25, 2019


Please send a cover letter describing your experience and your resume by email to info@sixshooterrecords.com with subject line “Administrative Leader job application”. No phone calls please.


We invite applications from all qualified candidates, especially from people who identify as racialized, Indigenous, differently abled, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview